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Phillies use wacky ninth inning to defeat Aroldis Chapman, Reds

May 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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The ninth inning of today’s Reds-Phillies series finale was full of statistical improbabilities. First, Delmon Young drew a four-pitch walk (yes, Delmon Young walked) against Aroldis Chapman. He was immediately replaced by pitcher and pinch-runner Cliff Lee. With Erik Kratz at the plate battling Chapman in a 2-2 count, the lefty reliever picked Lee off of first, seemingly a momentum and rally killer.

(Why did Phillies manager Charlie Manuel pinch-run with a pitcher instead of John Mayberry, Jr.? He wanted to save a right-handed bat to pinch-hit for reliever Antonio Bastardo later in the inning. Lee has pinch-run for the Phillies many times in the past, and is better at the task than Young.)

Kratz worked the count to 3-2, then drove a Chapman fastball over the fence in left field for a game-tying solo home run. It was the second consecutive game in which Chapman has forked over a lead. On Thursday, Chapman allowed an inherited runner to score on a Marcell Ozuna triple.

With a freshly-tied game and one out, Freddy Galvis — getting a rare start today — took his turn at the dish. With a 1-1 count, Chapman placed a fastball letter-high over the plate, which the normally light-hitting Galvis laced down the left field line, whizzing over the top of the fence above the 334-foot sign in the corner, giving the Phillies the walk-off 3-2 victory. It is the first time in Chapman’s career (157 games) that he allowed two home runs in one outing.

Despite the good vibes from the win, the Phillies did receive some bad injury-related news. Carlos Ruiz had left the game with a hamstring injury and Ryan Howard was given the day off due to soreness in his right knee, and both will be out tomorrow as they will have MRI’s. Matt Gelb reported that the duo did not fly with the team as they head to Miami for a nine-game road trip.

  1. greymares - May 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    business as usual. lol.

  2. tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Where are all those Phans who were crowing about Delmon Young after he had a good debut?

    • paperlions - May 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      I just remember everyone saying “He’s not fat anymore!”, which is true.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        The difference between 238 lbs and 230 lbs isn’t the difference between “fat” and “not fat”.

        It’s 3% of body weight.

        Just based on BMI (which is not a great indicator, but still) he still falls in the Overweight category.

        Less fat doesn’t equal not fat.

      • historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        He looks substantially thinner, so if he really does weigh 230 now, I’m thinking “238” was his drivers license weight.

      • tuberippin - May 20, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        tbuckfutter does not understand body fat percentage versus body mass index.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Enjoying another series win, with a three game set against the hapless Feesh on tap, and watching the Braves and Nats trip over their own shoelaces.


      • tommyshih - May 20, 2013 at 2:59 AM

        Didn’t the Braves just sweep?

    • greymares - May 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      has a good eye taking four Chapman fast balls for a walk, what’s your problem ?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 7:50 PM


        His OPS+ of 68?

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Considering the minimal nature of his contract financially, I think outsiders focus too much on this. At least we didn’t get ” Hamilton’ed “.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        His contract is for a base of $750,000 right?

        The veteran minimum is $490,000 right?

        So by being 68% as good as anyone else who could be plugged into his spot….he is actually worth $510,000.

        Or just slightly more than they would have to pay ANYONE ELSE to do AS WELL OR BETTER.

        So even if it’s not a huge amount of overall dollars, it’s a really bad contract because he’s being paid 47% more than he’s actually worth.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        In terms of betting, it was a fine gamble in comparison to some others. And the season is still oh so young.

        That’s kind of my point, you’re lacking in perspective here. You’re so ultra focused on your wanton styled degradation of a select group pf Phans who are small in number that declared him some kind of savior, and the fact you obviously don’t like him ( and there, I don’t blame you ) , you fail to see the forest beyond the trees.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Actually….my only opinions are the subject are that Philly fans are super easy to bait….and Delmon Young is comical because he’s fat, terrible at baseball, and has a temper (which he directs at umpires and those oh so offensive members of the Jewish persuasion).

        I have no personal investment in either subject aside from my own amusement.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        Yet you spend time and energy to continue the argument whereas, I’ve just been poking fun and using semantics to ovverride your stats.

        That’s how it’s done, son. See you later, space cowboy.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        What argument?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      You made a typo, I believe you meant:

      “Where is that Phan who was crowing….”

      Because if you are using the plural here, you are on crack.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        Dear lord, don’ t let them know that they generalize Phillies fans with such ignorance of the truth. No, let them believe we’re all stupid cave people in the Philadelphia area.

      • historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        So, you admit it, blue? ha!

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        It’s been a while since I clubbed some random chick and brought her back to my cave. Maybe I’m due 😉

      • paperlions - May 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        I thought “clubbing” was pretty popular in Philly. I don’t think there are a lot of caves in the area though, are there?

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Clubbing while clubbing is the real trick.

      • historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:25 PM

  3. historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Wow, what a lot of fun “strategy” is — using a pitcher to run for a player who ought to be the best at running and then worrying about saving another hitter to replace a pitcher later. Wheeeeee!!!

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      FACT – 87% of all AL managers have slept through an entire game at least once in their career.

      btw, if you ever want a made up stat to sound legit, use 87%. It works for me 87% of the time

      • historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        87% of those instances were during interleague games where the pitcher batting put them to sleep.

        Hey, you’re right! It works perfectly.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        Well that depends on your parameters

        (best line to weasel your way out of anything)

      • historiophiliac - May 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        I’m 87% sure you told me I could drink your last beer.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Go for it! It’s only guarded by my pet sabertooth tiger.

  4. mungman69 - May 20, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    The Braves swept?

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